Our mission reminds us exactly what our ultimate goal is. The four things below represent a cycle that continues to build upon itself. These are the things that we're not only learning to do ourselves, but also learning to do together.
If there's a God who wants to know you, don't you want to know Him? Deep within each of us is a desire to know our Creator and understand His love. Our mission starts with helping our family, friends and neighbors know God as we get to know Him more ourselves.
"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,"
Although life can be incredibly difficult and often we feel like we are spinning our wheels, knowing God means seeing that there is light ahead. Forgiveness from God means hope for our future. It is our goal to hold onto this hope and share it with everyone we can.
"having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,"
Rules. Most people think that is all God is about. But when you know God and hold onto hope, you learn that a relationship with God isn't about keeping rules, but embracing freedom! As we learn to live free, we use that freedom to follow God and release people from captivity.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."
There is no greater feeling than discovering your purpose and living it out. We were created to be productive and do good work, but it is only by uncovering how God designed you that you can see it clearly. We want to empower people to accomplish their life-work.
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Carolina Family Church is not associated with a particular denomination because we desire partnerships with churches of varying perspectives. We agree with the words of the theologian Augustine, "In necessary things unity; in uncertain things freedom; in everything compassion."
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns himself mercifully and graciously in the affairs of men and women. He hears and answers all prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ. He is a good Father who created peace by His grace in Christ.
Matthew 7:11; James 1:17; Hebrews 12:5-11; John 15:16, 16:23; Ephesians 2:18, 3:15; 1 Thess. 3:11
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of truth, spiritual gifts and guidance for life. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. We accept the Bible as our sole authority and the basis for all we believe.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Humans were created to exist forever and are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience called “sin”. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9
The gospel is the “good news” of salvation. It is a free gift that cannot be earned by good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we believe and trust in the sacrifice of Christ for sin, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ by faith. Salvation is maintained in the same way it is secured, by the grace of God, not by self-effort.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:17; John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23
God established family as the structure of society, built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. A Biblical understanding of family is essential to healing our community. A husband is to love and sacrifice for his wife as Christ does the Church. A wife is to follow and respect her husband as the Church does Christ. Parents are to love and discipline their children as God does us. We recognize that sin and circumstance make this difficult, so we work together with grace to follow Christ in every situation.
Genesis 2:22-24; Ephesians 5:22-33, 6:4; Proverbs 22:6
We accept two ordinances, baptism and communion. Both are affirmations of a believer's faith in the death and resurrection of Christ, but are not steps to securing it. The first is baptism, which should immediately follow conversion. We baptize by immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The second is communion, which is the believer’s ongoing remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice. We typically observe communion by eating bread and drinking juice.
Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Matt. 26:26-29; Mk. 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1 Cor. 10:16, 11:23-25
Christianity is not about behaving a certain way, it's about character transformation. These six core values are character attributes displayed by Jesus that we want to possess as well. Our church will only be these six things when we, individually, are these six things. We want to exude these qualities at every level of our church.
We're not as cool or important as we think we are (sorry). God is the giver of all value. We do not think of ourselves more highly than He does. We stand in grace, not judgment.
We don't exist for ourselves. We exist to love God and other people, so every resource we have, time, money, and influence, should flow generously in all those directions.
Have you ever listened to an artist sing a song and you knew they lived what they were singing? No show, just honesty. It's authentic, real, the way of Jesus and extremely compelling.
Family sticks together. We're not here for short-term success, but for long-term relationships. Commitment creates confidence.
Always be content, but never be satisfied. There is always more to learn, always more to do. Grow, change, adapt, progress. (Food is good too...)
Grace is giving what is not deserved. None of us deserve love or forgiveness (see humility), but we give them liberally just like Jesus did.